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#1 of 15 Toyota Sienna hatch problems with struts
Aug 27, 2011 (7:03 am)
The struts on my 2006 Sienna have been replaced once and now I need to have them replaced again. It has 63k miles on it. Between the tires, struts and number of times I have aligned the RFT tires I cannot believe the whole car hasn't been recalled!
Curious to know other's experience with the hatch struts...
#2 of 15 Re: Toyota Sienna hatch problems with struts [matterw]
Aug 29, 2011 (6:47 am)
My 07 has been fine. No run-flats here, but just oil changes so far...knock on wood.
#3 of 15 Re: Toyota Sienna hatch problems with struts [matterw]
Aug 30, 2011 (5:12 am)
Hatch strut problems seem to be a pretty common issue. I know of others that are on their second set.
Toyota issued a tech service bulletin and limited recall on struts used in association with the power rear liftgate as it has the potential to damage the motor and raise the cost of repair considerably. You could say that doing this was in their own best interest as it saves them bigtime on warranty expenses should you subsequently fry a motor. For those of us without power lift, it is merely an inconvenience and doesn't appear to be on Toyota's radar.
Runflat tire issues are an industry-wide issue of consumer discontent, and not something specific to Toyota. Just talk to any Honda Odyssey owner with PAX tires. Although the construction of the tire is different (PAX requires a special wheel), the end result is the same. Poor ride, short life, high replacement cost, unavailable when you need a replacement.
At least with the Toyota system you can mount conventional tires to the stock rims and just add the spare tire kit behind the 3rd seat. It's an added expense for the hardware kit and you won't be able to drop the left seat, but at least it is an option.
#4 of 15 Re: Toyota Sienna hatch problems with struts [fibber2]
Aug 30, 2011 (5:33 am)
Update-- I went to Toyota terday and showed them the Toyota recall for the hatch struts (http://www.trucktrend.com/features/news/2008/163_news080722_2004_2006_toyota_si- enna_recall/index.html)... There is also a NHTSA complaint (http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.f10787b/56) I brought. For some reason they said they weren't aware of these complaints. They replaced the struts no questions asked.
As an aside, when I was waiting in th eservice area, I overheard the service rep talking to another customer about about the RFT tires. The rep said people are getting 15-20k miles from the tires and a lot of customers are changing over to conventional tires. They offer a kit for $1,300 but you cannot put down the 3rd row after installing it. In my opinion, they should offer it for FREE. Sorry, but putting down a $1,000 every 20k is unacceptable!
Hope is helps others...
#5 of 15 Re: Toyota Sienna hatch problems with struts [matterw]
Aug 30, 2011 (12:18 pm)
Gee, pretty much as I told you! Nice to hear that they gave you the struts for free.
The basic kit is not that bad (under $400), and still under $800 if you want the fancy trim cover.
Wheel 42611-AE050 $100
Tire (T155/80R17) $200
Carrier Assembly 51900-45010 $15
Clamp Nut 64777-32030 $13
Protector 64778-08010 $12
Optional Spare Tire Cover Deck:
Gray 58410-AE010-B0 / Oak 58410-AE010-E0 $410
There is a Sienna spare wheel & tire listed on eBay right now for $190
#6 of 15 Sienna 2006 Manual lift gate Struts
Jan 01, 2012 (8:32 am)
Could someone send me a copy of the recall from Toyota on this matter?
#7 of 15 Re: Sienna 2006 Manual lift gate Struts [ocktober]
Jan 01, 2012 (9:50 am)
The links are in my message -- message #4
#8 of 15 Re: Toyota Sienna hatch problems with struts [matterw]
Apr 26, 2012 (12:32 pm)
my 2006 sienna only has 35k miles and I now have to have the struts replaced. This is after having both doors replaced and new tires 3 times already due to the unbelievable funky alignment that eats tires. On the way to the parts store to get the struts, the door to the front passenger door storage compartment just fell off! Car is junk! I was trolling the net to find instructions for replacing the struts myself, since the dealer wants $350 and I found the parts at pep boys for $68.
#9 of 15 Re: Sienna 2006 Manual lift gate Struts [ocktober]
Apr 26, 2012 (12:34 pm)
the recall only covers the power rear door, not the manual. i just came from the dealer.
#10 of 15 Re: Sienna 2006 Manual lift gate Struts [bondurant]
Apr 27, 2012 (5:57 pm)
They should be pretty easy to do. Lift the tailgate all the way up and support it well with a pair of 2x4's cut to size. The little swivel balls attached to the tailgate and the van body are held into holes on the strut ends with little metal retaining clips.